As ASEE reaches the age of 125, we have an opportunity to look back over the broad range of the Society’s activities and, drawing from that experience, project where we might go in the future. What have been our successes? Where might we have done better? How might we do better in the years to come? In this session, a panel of eminent ASEE members will address these questions in three specific areas of ASEE endeavor.
Moderator: Lyle D. Feisel, P.E. (Ret) is Dean Emeritus of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at SUNY Binghamton.
Following service in the U.S. Navy, he received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University. From 1964 to 1983, he was a member of the faculty of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, serving as head of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1975 to 1983. He served as the founding dean of engineering at SUNY Binghamton from 1983 to 2001.
Dr. Feisel has held many positions in ASEE, including President in 1997-98 and Interim Executive Director in 2010-11. Currently chair of the Prism Editorial Advisory Board, he is a Fellow of ASEE and the National Society of Professional Engineers and a Life Fellow of IEEE. He is an active volunteer in ASEE, IEEE and his community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Dr. Feisel is the author of Lyle’s Laws, for 10 years a regular column in The Bent of Tau Beta Pi and now collected as Lyle’s Laws published by Brooklyn River Press.
Stephanie Adams, Dean of Engineering, Old Dominion University, will discuss the impact of ASEE on the direction of the engineering curriculum, particularly through the various reports that have been developed by the Society. Her presentation will include an outline of the history of those reports and the effect they have had on what is taught in an engineering program. ASEE’s participation in the activities of ABET will also be discussed, along with some predictions of changes in the future.
Donna Riley, Head, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University, will consider the history of diversity in engineering education, recalling a time when women and minorities were a rarity in engineering and the faculties of engineering schools. Her presentation will trace ASEE’s efforts to alleviate some of this disparity and present some information on how the makeup of the engineering workforce has changed over the years. She will also offer her thoughts and insight on what ASEE and the profession can do in this area in the future.
Karl Smith, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota and Cooperative Learning Professor of Engineering Education, Purdue University, will note that engineering faculty have not always been interested in the theory of teaching and learning—indeed, many are still not—but that the situation has changed somewhat over the years. His presentation will revisit the days when Educational Research and Methods was only beginning to have an impact and map the progress of the art and science of teaching in engineering and the contributions made to that progress by ASEE. He will also look into the future with suggestions of what we might expect in the years ahead.